What is loss Of bowel control (Fecal Incontinence)?

Did you know that more than 18 million Americans suffer every year from fecal incontinence? Fecal Incontinence, also known as Accidental Bowl Leakage (ABL), is the inability to control the passage of stool or gas. Some people have mild trouble holding gas, while others have severe trouble holding stool. Incontinence is a miserable problem that many people have trouble talking about. People are frequently embarrassed and afraid there is no help. However, treatment is available to help you restore your dignity and return you to your active lifestyle.

What causes fecal incontinence?

Normal control of the passage of stool depends on many factors. A problem in any of the following areas can contribute to lack of bowel control or accidental leakage.

  • Stool moving through the bowel too quickly. This can be caused by irritable bowel syndrome or inflammation of the bowel.
  • Anything that causes diarrhea, such as infection, inflammation, and food intolerance.
  • Abnormal growth in the rectum can cause the rectum to fill faster than normal, inhibiting the ability for the rectum to expand further to hold additional stool. If this happens, loose stool may leak out.
  • Neurological problems such as stroke or diabetes may cause abnormal sensation in the rectum, leading to the inability to sense that gas stool has entered the rectum, leaving no warning to go to the bathroom.
  • Weakening or loosening of the anal sphincter, can be caused by aging, injured nerves during childbirth or surgery. Normal anal sphincter function is required to keep stool in the rectum.

What are the symptoms of fecal incontinence?

The main symptom of fecal incontinence is Accidental Bowel Leakage (ABL). Accidents may may be as simple as stains in your underwear and may be small, or may be full bowel movements. ABL can occur on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. You may have good days, and some bad days, or you may have accidents every day. More than 70% of patients do not bring up these symptoms to their doctor out of fear and embarrassment. Fortunately, HemWell America has a solution for you to stop suffering in silence.

Other symptoms of Fecal Incontinence may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Abnormal cramping
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Anal itching


The first step is to consult with your doctor. They may recommend conservative treatment first, which may include:

  • Changes to your diet such as adding fiber
  • Prescription medication changes
  • Bowel training and pelvic floor exercises
  • Biofeedback via electrical stimulation

When conservative treatment has been exhausted, minimally invasive surgical intervention may be necessary as an outpatient procedure:

  • Sacral nerve modulation via Medtronic’s InterStim Therapy


The Hemwell Center for Fecal Incontinence is the leader in diagnosing and treating bowel incontinence, also known as "ABL", accidental bowel leakage. This common and often debilitating condition affects over 18 million Americans annually in the United States. Many people suffer quietly in silence out of fear and embarrassment. Now, there is help. Hemwell has helped many take back control and start living life again on there terms.

The Hemwell Center has created a first of it’s kind treatment pathway. "FI Total Care" utilizes the latest technology and most advanced conservative treatment options resulting in high success rates and successful patient outcomes. Take the first step in getting your life back. Call The Hemwell Center today to schedule your consultation with one of our board certified specialists.

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